Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Air Force A-10 jet makes emergency landing in Price

No injuries reported » Hill AFB investigating why aircraft forced to land on rural strip.

By Bob Mims
The Salt Lake Tribune
February 20, 2013

A-10 Thunderbolt makes emergency landing in Price. (Sun Advocate photo) (Screenshot by Warthog News)

An A-10 Thunderbolt military aircraft experiencing engine difficulties made an emergency landing late Wednesday morning at the Carbon County Airport.

Hill Air Force Base Tech Sgt. Gerren Douglas said the single-seat, twin-engine, straight-wing jet aircraft, stationed at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia, was en route to HAFB from Arizona's Davis-Monthan AFB when the pilot reported one of his two engines had failed.

The aircraft landed at the rural air strip in the central Utah town of Price without incident or injury to the male pilot.

Douglas said Air Force maintenance and security personnel were en route to Price from Davis-Monthan and Moody.

Price firefighters and police, along with Carbon County sheriff deputies, responded to the scene initially.

The venerable A-10, more commonly known as the "Warthog" for its heavily-armored, ugly and yet effective design, was developed in the early 1970s, toward the end of the Vietnam War.

The plane, armed with a 30mm rotary cannon, is designed to provide close air support for ground forces, especially in attacking tanks and other armored vehicles and missile batteries. It has seen action in Desert Storm and more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Note: According to news media photos the involved aircraft is A-10C 78-0701 from the 75th Fighter Squadron, 23rd Fighter Group, 23rd Wing (ACC), Moody AFB, Georgia.

Please note: This breaking news will be updated later this night.

First update:

One more picture:

A-10 Thunderbolt makes emergency landing in Price. (Sun Advocate photo) (Screenshot by Warthog News)

Second update:

A-10 makes emergency landing in Utah

The Associated Press
Posted: Wednesday Feb 20, 2013 16:30:57 EST

SALT LAKE CITY — An Air Force fighter jet is grounded at a tiny Utah airport after making an emergency landing on one engine.

Officials say the A-10 Thunderbolt was being flown from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., on Wednesday when one of the two engines failed and couldn't be restarted in mid-flight.

The pilot landed at a rural air strip outside Price, Utah, about 120 miles short of his destination at Hill Air Force Base in Layton, Utah.

Officials say maintenance crews from Hill are arriving to inspect the fighter jet.

The Thunderbolt belongs to the 75th Fighter Squad at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Georgia. It was being flown to Utah for maintenance.

Lt. Meredith Kirchoff of Moody Air Force Base says Thunderbolts can fly on one engine, but the pilot landed for safety reasons.


Third update

That's probably the very first related news:

Air Force jet makes emergency landing at Carbon Airport

By John Serfustini
Sun Advocate associate editor
Sun Advocate

A US Air Force A-10 attack aircraft made a successful emergency landing at the Carbon County Airport Wednesday morning shortly after 10 a.m.

The specific cause of the emergency was not immediately available. However, the plane was apparently unable to taxi from the north end of the runway 18-36, the airport's main take-off and landing runway. There was no smoke or fire apparent, nor any visible damage to the exterior of the plane.

The plane was not carrying armaments under its wings.

The Price Fire Department scrambled three engines and crews. Price Police, Carbon County deputy sheriffs and the county ambulance also stood by on the tarmac.

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